Kidzone gets hands-on approach to science at Campbell University

March 19, 2009 | Leave a Comment

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"What would a squid's skin feel like?" asked Kidzone teacher Nicole Gadd.

Several hands shoot up, anxious to answer.

Students from the after school program, Kidzone, came to Campbell University to dissect squid on March 13, 2009.

Gadd is an elementary education student at Campbell and has been given the opportunity by the director of Kidzone Jackie Dixon to be 4-H lead teacher. She contacted Dr. John Bartlett, assistant professor of biology, and inquired about using Campbell resources for dissection. Dr. Bartlett invited Kidzone to use the labs on campus.

"We want to open our facilities to the public," said Dr. Bartlett. "These squids are leftovers and would be thrown away. It's a great opportunity for these kids to get a hands-on approach to science. This is Campbell being a good neighbor."

Several senior biology students volunteered to help in the lab with the Kidzone children.

"I love helping teach kids something they would otherwise not know," said Courtney Richardson. "Maybe I'll spark an interest in them that they will carry out through college and a career."

For more information about lab usage contact John Bartlett at 910-893-1731.

Photo Copy: Students from the after school program, Kidzone, came to Campbell University to dissect squid on March 13, 2009. Nicole Gadd, head 4-H lead teacher, and Madeline Metz, kindergartener from Buies Creek Elementary, work together on the dissection.

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